James Ryan: Sensible rules for pot gardens

March 4, 2014 

Uruguay Marijuana

Marijuana rules are under discussion in Mariposa County.

MATILDE CAMPODONICO — The Associated Press

As a medical cannabis consumer, I am deeply concerned that the proposed ordinances for Mariposa County are being drafted in closed-door meetings. As a voting constituent, I feel we have a right to an open process. I am requesting the Board of Supervisors to:

1. Provide for a citizens action committee to explore other options to fight the cartel and out-of-town growers and help draft regulations.

2. Provide for collectives of two or three people, as many families have more than one medical user in a household, and allow for the collective cultivation of up to 96 plants, as each patient uses an average product of 32 mature female plants per year for medical requirements.

Mariposa County ordinances thus far proposed do absolutely nothing to limit out-of-town and cartel growers on isolated public lands. They were always illegal and they will continue their illegal practices anyway. Small family plots are not the problem, yet they are the only ones the proposed ordinances will penalize. The residents of Mariposa County only want the right to cultivate for their own needs.

JAMES RYAN

Coulterville

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